New Delhi: While the chicken market has collapsed due to bird flu outbreaks in several regions of the country, demand for mutton and fish has started rising. Mutton has reached Rs 800 a kilo in many cities of the country. In the retail market, the chicken has come to around Rs 120 a kilo. According to Ramesh Khatri, president of the Poultry Federation of India, the demand for chicken products has gone down by 70 to 80 percent, while the wholesale price has fallen by 50 percent.
In many states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, inter-state movement of poultry has been banned and markets have also been closed in many places. This is due to the prices of chicken and kernel. According to media reports, Khatri said that in fact, the two farms in Haryana where bird flu cases have been found are layer farms, i.e., poultry is only for eggs. Chicken meats are bred in a broiler.
Mutton prices have reached Rs 800 per kg in many cities of the country due to bird flu. "There has been a huge increase in mutton sales for the last two weeks following reports of bird flu," a meat seller at Konnamara market in Kerala told media. People aren't buying chicken in fear. Due to heavy demand, mutton prices have reached Rs 800 a kilo," he said.